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August would not be the same without Glorious Goodwood, and the 2017 schedule looks as enticing as ever. Good weather is almost guaranteed, and the panama hats will be out in force as the attire of choice at this unique meeting. This year will see the week branded as the Qatar Goodwood Festival and we move into the fifth day of the meeting.
We detail the dates and times for all the races at Glorious Goodwood and provide a glimpse into what punters can look forward during this year’s festival.

August in the flat racing world is all about Glorious Goodwood. For over 180 years, the best equine athletes in the world have journeyed into the heart of the Sussex countryside, as their trainers take aim at a wealth of lucrative, historic prizes.

For five days, racegoers will be treated to a whole host of thrilling contests, including 12 Grouped races, a heritage handicap and three Group Ones that are an integral part of the British Champions Series. 

The first prestigious Group One contest of the week highlights the first day’s proceedings, as Big Orange attempts to win the Goodwood Cup for the third successive season. Before we reach that historic race, there is two Group Two contest to look forward to on Tuesday at Goodwood. Some of the best juveniles fight for the Vintage Stakes title in the second race of the day, before Home Of The Brave lines up against Spirit Of Valour and Dream Castle in the Lennox Stakes.

Wednesday’s card features several exciting handicaps, along with the Group Two Molecomb Stakes. The undoubted headline act on day two is the Group One Sussex Stakes and attendees will be treated to a titanic battle, as Lockinge and Queen Anne Stakes victor, Ribchester goes toe-to-toe with 2000 Guineas winner, Churchill for the first time. 

Three feature pattern races take pride of place in the middle of Thursday’s race card. The Group Three Lilly Langtry Stakes and the Group Two Richmond Stakes provide a fantastic prelude to what could be one of the most exciting female contests of the season, as dual 1000 Guineas and Royal Ascot winner, Winter pits her wits against Shutter Speed, Nezwah and So Mi Dah.

The Glorious Stakes and the Thoroughbred Stakes get day four off to a thrilling start, before some of the best one-mile handicappers take to the turf in the Betfred Mile Handicap. Friday’s feature contest is the historic King George Stakes, where the likes of Battaash, Marsha and Profitable will try to deny Take Cover a record breaking third victory in this high-octane sprint

The final day of festivities begins with two excellent handicaps and the Group Three Gordon Stakes. The Stewards Cup Heritage Handicap is the last big race of this summer spectacular, as Danzeno, Culturati, Projection leads an army of handicappers into battle, all aiming to bring Glorious Goodwood to a fittingly fantastic conclusion.

A huge field of handicappers battles it out for the Stewards Cup infront of a capacity crowd on the final day of Glorious Goodwood.

glorious goodwood horse racing dates 2017

Day One – Tuesday

The meeting kicks off with a bang on the Tuesday, with the feature race being the Qatar Lennox Stakes. This Group Two race for three year olds or older is run over seven furlongs, and has had some top class winners in the past, including Observatory (2000), Paco Boy (2008) and Toormore (2015). The £300,000 prize is the highlight of a seven race card with quality throughout.

2.00 - Handicap Stakes
3.45 - bet365 Summer Handicap
4.20 - Weatherbys Private Banking Stakes
4.55 - EBF Maiden Stakes
5.30 - Turf Club Stakes

Day Two – Wednesday

This day contains one of the highlights of the flat racing season, the Sussex Stakes. This Group One with a prize fund of £1,000,000 is run over a distance of one mile, and has seen some great champions pass into the winners’ enclosure including the great Frankel. Frankel won the race twice, in 2011 as a three year old, before returning the following year as a four year old in 2012. The roll of honour around Frankel is every bit as impressive, with horses of the calibre of Canford Cliffs, Ramonti, Rip Van Winkle, Soviet Song Rock of Gibralter and the great Giant’s Causeway among a host of horses in its recent history.

2.00 - Goodwood Handicap Stakes
2:35 - Gordon Stakes
3:45 - Molecomb Stakes
4:20 - Insurance Maiden Fillies' Stakes
4.55 - Veuve Cliquot Fillies and Mares Stakes
5.25 - Nat West Stakes Handicap

Day Three – Thursday

This is Ladies’ Day, and the fashionistas will be out in force. The competition off the track will be just as fierce as the action on the track, with the ladies competing for fantastic prizes in the fashion stakes. The Qatar Goodwood Cup, run over two miles, is the highlight of the day in racing terms. The roll of honour is impressive, with some of the best stayers in the business contesting it. It forms a leg of the Stayers’ Triple Crown (along with the Ascot Gold Cup and the Doncaster Cup). The great Yeats won the race twice in 2006 and 2008, with Persian Punch, Double Trigger and Kayf Tara also among the winners.

2:05 - Landrover Stakes Stakes
2:35 - Richmond Stakes
3:45 - Lillie Langtry Stakes
4:20 - EBF New Ham Maiden Fillies' Stakes
4.55 - Telegraph Nursery Stakes
5.30 - Tatler Stakes Handicap

Day Four – Friday

Speedsters take centre stage on the Friday of Goodwood, with the Qatar King George Stakes over five furlongs being the highlight of the day. The top racemare Lochsong is a dual winner of this event, in 1993 and 1994. Kingsgate Native, Borderlescott and The Tatling are other favourites of the racing public to have won the race in the past. The speedy nature of the track at Goodwood means that horses will hurtle past the grandstands at speeds of over 40 miles per hour, thrilling the crowds.

2.00 - Coutts Glorious Stakes
2:35 - Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes
3:10 - Betfred Mile
3:45 - King George Stakes
4:20 - Betfred Nursery Stakes
4:55 - Oak Tree Stakes
5:30 - Betfred Mobile Handicap

Day Five – Saturday

The final day of the festival is my personal favourite, with the Group One Nassau Stakes being the feature race. Run over one mile and one furlong, and restricted to fillies and mares, the race has been won in the past be such horses as Ouija Board and Alborada. The great mare Midday won the race three times between 2009 and 2011 and was trained by the great Sir Henry Cecil. The other main race on this day is the Stewards’ Cup, a thrill-a-minute handicap run over six furlongs, won in 2015 by subsequent group performer Magical Memory.

By the end of the five days of exhilarating action, punters are guaranteed to be left breathless and anticipating the following year’s festival with fever.

2.00 - Stewards Sprint Handciap
2.35 - Educate A Child Handicap
3.10 - Nassau Stakes
3.45 - Stewards' Cup
4.20 - Qatar EBF Maiden Stakes
5.00 - Qatar Handicap Stakes
5.35 - Apprentice Handicap

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